Writers, academics sign open letter criticizing 'ideological conformity,' cancel culture
Letter decries 'intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism'
When I first started reading this, I saw: Dozens of artists, writers and academics have signed an open letter (https://harpers.org/a-letter-on-justice-and-open-debate/) decrying the weakening of public debate and warning that the free exchange of information and ideas is in jeopardy amid a rise in what they call "illiberalism." I thought, "Oh, good. Finally some lefties are figuring out that there's a problem with their side."
But they didn't get it at all: "The forces of illiberalism are gaining strength throughout the world and have a powerful ally in Donald Trump, who represents a real threat to democracy." Who wrote this letter, Rob Reiner?
Maybe the "elites" are getting senile. Cancel Culture is a left problem, plain and simple. I'm Liberal-minded but I don't admit it out loud anymore (except for now, I guess). As Dave Rubin said, "The Left left me." Currently, the Woke Left are made up of the most embarrassing people and they lack one of the most important traits a human can have: a sense of humour. It's no wonder I can't get along with an activist. How do you know you're in a Feminist Bookstore? There's no Humour section. Maybe things will change but currently, the Cancel Culture is about cancelling out any thing that's right of Far Left. Illiberalism sounds like another term for Post Modernism.
Orange Man Bad didn't win 2016. The whiny, regressive, activist Left, headed by candidate Mean Grandma, lost because normal people don't like Political Correctness/Group Identity politics or want it. It's repulsive. All I hear from the Right is how important Free Speech is (and it is) but who comes along to try and silence it these days? The Left. A lot of things happened over the last 30 years and it's pretty much to the point where the sides are switched. And things sure aren't any better in Canada.
"Critics have pointed out that some of those who signed have engaged in the same toxic behavior they decry in the letter." Oh, the irony.
Reading the letter, it does sound like a bunch of old people whining, "Don't pick on me"... only with the help of a Thesaurus. I get it since the ones doing the "calling out" are a bunch of low IQers that only have a Social Justice degree but you don't take these people seriously when they can't even take their life choices seriously. That's probably why they don't respect anything. As a left-leaner, I find these "intellectuals" that endorsed this letter as sophisticated as the people calling them out. Maybe if they stopped acting like Facebook users, they could figure out what's really going on around them.
And a message for the kids: Politics aren't really that important, it's just that it happened to replace Reality TV in the last 6-7 years. Be polite, respect is earned, be honest, do what you want as long as it doesn't bother anyone else, speak your mind when it's important and whatever you do, don't become a piece of shit activist. Nobody likes an Activist. Buy an instrument (preferably a guitar), make some music and make some friends.